Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna has selected Richard Conant for the position of police commander and will be assigned to lead the Internal Affairs Division. Robert Smith, who is currently the Commander of the Internal Affairs Division, will begin a new assignment in the West Division.
PROMOTION TO COMMANDER
Commander Richard Conant, a 24-year veteran, began his career with the L.B.P.D. in February 1991. In 2006, he was promoted to sergeant and to lieutenant in 2011.
Commander Conant has a diverse work history, including Patrol, Homicide, Gang Enforcement, the Office of the Chief of Police, and the S.W.A.T. team. His most recent assignment has been the Lieutenant in the Internal Affairs Division.
Commander Conant has a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Long Beach, and completed the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and FBI Crisis Negotiation Team Leadership training. He is a current member of the Leadership Long Beach Institute Class of 2015.
ASSIGNMENT OF WEST DIVISION COMMANDER
Robert Smith, who is currently the Commander of the Internal Affairs Division, will begin a new assignment in the West Division on January 10, 2015.
Commander Robert Smith began his career as a police officer with the Long Beach Police Department in 1990. His assignments have included working as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Community Policing Officer, Special Enforcement Section, and Drug Enforcement Detective. He has extensive experience in community policing and at one point lead the Department's Community Oriented Public Safety (COPS) Office.
Commander Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton, and an Associate of Arts Degree from Golden West College. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California's Delinquency Control Institute and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) National Academy, 234th Session.
The Long Beach Police Department congratulates Commander Conant and Commander Smith and wishes them continued success throughout their careers.